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Suspect charged in 2018 murder of woman found near waterfront trail in Whitby
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Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:47AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 8, 2019 10:48AM EDT
A 44-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman whose lifeless body was found near the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby last summer.
Durham Regional Police say the victim, 46-year-old Melane Vachon, was reported missing on May 18, 2018 after she left her home on Dunlop Street East in Whitby and did not return.
In a news release issued shortly after she went missing, police said Vachon had not made contact with family or friends and her loved ones were concerned for her well-being.
Vachon’s remains were found about two weeks later along a waterfront trail in Whitby.
At the time, police did not release Vachon’s cause of death or rule her death a homicide.
On Thursday, more than one year after her body was discovered, investigators announced that an arrest had been made in connection with her death.
Police say 44-year-old Jeffrey Weldon, of Whitby, was taken into custody on Wednesday and has been charged with second-degree murder and improper/ indecent interference with a dead body.
Investigators say Vachon knew the suspect and had been involved in a relationship with him in the past.
Investigators are asking anyone with new information in the case to contact the Major Crime- Homicide unit or Crime Stoppers anonymously.